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Stroke Awareness

Posted by USFHP on Aug 24, 2022 12:35:00 PM

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Stroke is a leading cause of severe long-term disability. Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke, and 87% of strokes are caused by a blockage of the blood supply to the brain, known as ischemic strokes. Stroke survivors over 65 can lose their mobility due to a stroke. In order to prevent stroke, it is important to make healthy choices and control any medical conditions you may have.

Here are some tips on preventing stoke: 

  • Have a balanced diet 
  • Get regular physical activities
  • Check cholesterol 
  • Control blood pressure 
  • Treat heart disease 
  • Yearly checkup with your doctor/healthcare provider

You can help your loved one recover from a stroke by following these tips:

  • Inform yourself as much as you can about your loved one's condition. Always ask questions and get familiar with their treatment plan and medicine.
  • Learn what stroke symptoms to look for, such as drooping lips, drifting arms, and strange speech. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Motivate and encourage loved ones to stay healthy and regularly move to build strength. Consider joining them on healthy lifestyle changes that can also benefit you!

USFHP Primary Healthcare Plan provides routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative health care coverage, and specialty care. We’ve also developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.

Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: stroke, brain health